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Sneak Peek: The Chase Club in the Central West End

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

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The Chase Club, formerly Café Eau, debuts at The Chase Park Plaza tomorrow, March 31. The new concept features a new food and drink menu and revamped decor.

Executive chef Colin Smelser, chef de cuisine Theron Pajares and executive pastry chef Eric Phillips put together a menu that features favorites like burgers and flatbreads, along with creative twists on classics like the Shrimp St. Paul Sliders, served with spicy mayo and a selection of house pickles alongside.

“We have the same menu all day long now, and the food is geared toward the atmosphere we have now,” said Pajares.

Beverage manager Joshua Johnson created a locally focused beer list featuring 18 beers on tap and another 27 in bottles and cans. There’s also a selection of wine and a cocktail list that includes original creations and classics like the oft-overlooked Airmail, a refreshing combination of rum, honey, lime juice and sparkling wine.

The space itself is a combination of high-end sports bar and stately hotel bar. Tables have replaced booths, large-screen TVs surround the bar and the new billiards area, and the room is dotted with eclectic appointments from black-and-white photos of the hotel from years past to elegant, mismatched light fixtures dangling from the ceiling.

The Chase Club is open daily from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., and the kitchen closes at midnight. Here’s a sneak peek at what to expect from The Chase Park Plaza’s newest dining option:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

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Sneak Peek: Vicia in Midtown

Monday, March 20th, 2017

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More than a year after announcing their move to St. Louis, Michael and Tara Gallina’s highly anticipated Vicia opens for lunch this Wednesday, March 22 in the Cortex Innovation District at 4260 Forest Park Ave. Dinner service will debut on Tuesday, March 28.

The Gallinas, both alums of the internationally acclaimed Blue Hill at Stone Barns, made news in October 2015 when they announced a return to Michael Gallina’s hometown to open a seasonally driven, vegetable-forward restaurant where he would serve as executive chef and Tara Gallina as general manager.

The 2,500-square-foot space features a 14-seat bar, an exposed kitchen and a covered patio, all separated from the main dining room by walls of windows. The patio is bookended by a lounge area with more casual seating on one end and an enormous wood-fired grill on the other.

“I’d love to have that thing covered with meat and vegetables basically all day,” said Michael Gallina. His menu incorporates meat as a condiment more than main attraction and features vegetables as the unexpected stars of Vicia’s dishes. He plans to utilize the grill for everything from slowly cooking large cuts of meat to burying vegetables in the coals for unique charred sauces.

Lunch will consist of soups, salads, sandwiches and tartines with pick-two and pick-three options, supplemented by sweet treats from executive pastry chef Summer Wright. “The menu will not be set at all,” said Gallina, who plans to print offerings daily.

Though some dishes will have the same general structure – like a grain salad made with fruits or vegetables, goat cheese and vegetable-top pesto – the specific ingredients will depend on what the restaurant gets day-to-day from area farmers.

Dinner will have a more varied menu of bite-sized snacks, shareable plates and entrees. “I want it to change as much as we can,” Gallina said. “I’m holding off to see what’s available next week.” The restaurant also plans to eventually offer a tasting menu.

Vicia will be open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. When it begins next week, dinner service will be Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect from one of this year’s most anticipated new restaurants:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

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Sneak Peek: Two Plumbers Brewery & Arcade in St. Charles

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

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Two Plumbers Brewery & Arcade officially opens doors this Saturday, March 18, at 2236 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles. As The Scoop reported in December 2016, Two Plumbers is the brainchild of owner Robert Schowengerdt and head brewer John Simon. “I was trying to figure out a way to make an arcade make money,” Schowengerdt said. “I know how to pour a beer and I knew this guy (Simon).”

The 21-and-older brewery will offer two of its beers at opening, the Ermac Irish Red IPA and Braunenmantel American brown ale. “All our beer names will be nerd references of some kind,” Schowengerdt said. Simon is hoping to add a honey blonde and a few other beers soon.

The bar has 10 taps supplemented by breweries like Logboat Brewing Co., Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., Schlafly and Great Divide Brewing Co., as well as one cider and a few wine options. Customers are welcome to bring in food, or order a Dan O’s frozen pizza from the bar. “We’re not complicated,” Schowengerdt said. “It’s pretty much just beer and video games.”

The 80-seat space includes more than 30 arcade games with classics like “Donkey Kong” and “Super Mario Bros.,” and old school favorites like “Dungeons & Dragons” and “Time Crisis II.”

Regular hours will be Tuesday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and Saturday from noon to 1:30 a.m. Here’s a sneak peek at what to expect when doors open at St. Charles’ newest brewery:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky

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Sneak Peek: Snax Gastrobar in Lindenwood Park

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

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Robust Wine Bar owners Stanley Browne and Arlene Maminta Browne open their first non-Robust project, Snax Gastrobar, tomorrow, March 10, at 3500 Watson Road. As The Scoop reported in December 2016, the new restaurant is opening in the space that most recently housed J. McArthur’s An American Kitchen.

Executive chef Joseph L. Hemp V, who oversees Robust’s kitchens downtown and in Webster Groves, and sous chef Chris Ladley, late of Quincy Street Bistro, have developed a menu Hemp describes as “global comfort food.” Dishes range from piquant Buffalo Balls (chicken and pork meatballs in a subtle Buffalo sauce), to simple roast chicken seared in cast iron. As one would expect from the folks behind Robust, there’s plenty of wine on hand (including a red and a white wine on tap), as well as cocktails and a wide selection of beers.

The restaurant seats around 65 inside with ample outdoor seating: 40 on the enclosed front patio and 25 on the open back patio. Snax will be open Tuesdsay to Thursday from 4 p.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky

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Sneak Peek: ‘Zza Pizza & Salad in Skinker Debaliviere

Friday, February 17th, 2017

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The new fast casual restaurant ‘Zza Pizza & Salad from the folks behind Pi Pizzeria is scheduled to open later this month at 282 N. Skinker Blvd., in the Skinker Debaliviere neighborhood.

As The Scoop reported in November 2016, ‘Zza will focus exclusively on pizzas and salads, with an emphasis on quick service and quality ingredients. The single-serve, oblong pizzas are designed so each slice is an edge piece. The crust is a combination of pizza styles with the chew of Neapolitan and the structure of New York style.

Two beers will rotate on tap (Schlafly Kölsch and 4 Hands Incarnation IPA to start), wine and sodas from Blue Sky, and canned and bottled wine and beer will be offered. Approximately 45 seats will be available for guests who opt to eat in and enjoy the 1,600-square-foot space decorated with hand-painted art by the local artist Phil Jarvis.

There will be plenty of ways to order ahead of time, including ‘Zza’s website, Facebook page and a smartphone app, as well as via Yelp and Google. Washington University students can also use Bear Bucks to pay for their pizza. ‘Zza will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store at ‘Zza:

 

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Photos by Meera Nagarajan

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Sneak Peek: Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream in Maplewood

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

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The scent of fresh-made waffles will soon waft down Manchester Road in Maplewood when Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream opens doors this Saturday, Feb. 4. As The Scoop reported in October 2015, owners Eric and Laurie Moore sought to bring a taste of Eric Moore’s childhood summers on the Jersey shore to Maplewood.

The narrow space briefly housed a second location of I Scream Cakes, but doors closed just a few months after that establishment opened. Since it was already designed to function as a scoop shop, the Moores made mostly cosmetic changes to the shop, including a fresh coat of paint and resurfaced floors.

Boardwalk’s menu features scoops of Serendipity ice cream sandwiched between fluffy made-to-order Belgian waffles. Customers can choose from a full order – two waffles and four scoops – or a modest single-scoop pressed between a waffle half. They can also forgo the waffle all together and simply enjoy a scoop or two in a cup, or indulge in breakfast for dessert with a plain waffle drizzled with syrup and butter.

Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream will be open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Here’s a sneak peek at what to expect when the waffle irons heat up on Saturday:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky

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Sneak Peek: Cork & Barrel Chop House and Spirits in St. Peters

Friday, January 27th, 2017

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Cork & Barrel Chop House and Spirits opens doors with brunch service this Sunday, Jan. 29. As The Scoop reported in June, the 7,000-square-foot restaurant is located at 7337 Mexico Road.

Executive chef Lee Gustin worked with co-owners Joel and Jill Ragan to develop a menu focused on chop house cuts of beef and pork, smoked meats and twists on classic fare like nachos, flatbreads and sandwiches. Gustin, who has spent time in kitchens from Cedar Lake Cellars to the St. Louis Blues, uses a Big Green Egg, a ceramic charcoal grill, to smoke and sear many of the meats.

The main dining room seats 140 guests and features a large gas fireplace. A large patio offers additional seating in warmer months. A private dining room seats 20 for special events and connects to a private patio space with room for 40.

Cork & Barrel will be open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Here’s what to expect when it opens this Sunday:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky

 

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Extra Sauce: Top 10 Sneak Peeks of 2016

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

From new arcade bars downtown to long-awaited breweries in Maplewood, here are the 10 places you couldn’t wait to check out before they opened in 2016.

Don’t miss out! Follow Sauce Magazine on Facebook and Twitter to get Sneak Peeks and First Looks of the latest St. Louis-area restaurant, bar and shop openings.

 

 

1. First Look: Start Bar downtown

2. Sneak Peek: Farm to You Market in Washington

 

 

3. Sneak Peek: Sardella in Clayton

4. Sneak Peek: The Sliced Pint in downtown St. Louis

5. Sneak Peek: Wicked Greenz in Clayton

 

 

6. Sneak Peek: Side Project Brewing in Maplewood

7. Sneak Peek: Yolklore in Crestwood

8. First Look: Catrinas in Edwardsville

 

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9. First Look: Nathaniel Reid Bakery in Kirkwood

10. Sneak Peek: Nixta in Botanical Heights

Photos by Michelle Volansky 

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Sneak Peek: Side Project Brewing in Maplewood

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

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Beer nerd, prepare thyself. After nearly a year of anticipation, Side Project Brewing is opening its brewery and tasting room at 7458 Manchester Ave., in Maplewood on Sunday, Dec. 18.

As The Scoop reported in January, co-owners Cory and Karen King received the go-ahead to begin construction of the 2,500-square-foot space in Maplewood. Now the 20-barrel brewhouse is in full swing, and the Kings are ready to open.

The building, which once housed St. Louis Closet Company, now features bright white subway tile, picture windows and light wood tables and chairs made by Goebel & Co. Furniture. Patrons can grab a stool and watch brewers King and Brian Ivers at work through the large window looking into the brewhouse. Behind the bar, 11 taps will pour mostly Side Project beers, as well as a new collaborative label between King and Ivers – Shared.

While all Side Project beers spend time aging in oak barrels, Shared beers don’t have to be barrel-aged. King said this will allow them to create Pilsners, pale ales, IPAs and other styles best consumed fresh. Shared beers will also ready in a matter of weeks, not the months that Side Project beers require.

The brewery’s tasting room will only be open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m., but those looking to get their weekday fix can still visit  The Side Project Cellar, which remains open just around the corner from the brewery at 7373 Marietta Ave. During the holidays, the new brewery’s tasting room will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, but it will be open on New Year’s Eve.

Here’s a sneak peek at what to expect when the new space opens this Sunday:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

 

More about Side Project Brewing
The Rookie’s Guide to a Side Project Release
• Long Live the King
• The Scoop: 5 STL-area chefs, The Side Project Cellar, Stone Soup Cottage all earn JBFA nods
• The Scoop: Side Project Brewing receives approval to open brewery in Maplewood

Sneak Peek: 2nd Shift Brewing on The Hill

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

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{From left, the 2nd Shift crew includes Mikey Manning, Jake Senn, co-owners Libby Crider and brewer Steve Crider, Becca Senn and Mike Sweeney.}

After months of anticipation, co-owners Steve and Libby Crider are putting the final touches on 2nd Shift Brewing’s new home at 1601 Sublette Ave., on The Hill. Doors are set to open Dec. 3, pending final licensing approval.

As The Scoop reported in May, the Criders have spent the past three years looking for a new home for their 6-year-old brewery, which was originally located in New Haven. They settled on a large warehouse in an industrial part of The Hill. The 12,000-square-foot main building holds both the tasting room and the brewery, and the additional space will drastically increase 2nd Shift’s production.

The Criders embraced the stripped-down industrial feel of the space, which includes exposed ductwork suspended from soaring warehouse ceilings. Racks of barrels used to age 2nd Shift beers divide the tasting room from the brewery. The bar features 16 taps, the majority of which will pour 2nd Shift brews. (A handful will be reserved for regional guest taps.) Crider also hopes to offer a select wine program of by-the-glass and bottle offerings.

The Criders have partnered with brothers Jason and Adam Tilford of Tilford Restaurant Group, which owns Mission Taco Joint, Tortillaria and Milagro Modern Mexican. Don’t expect a fourth Mission Taco Joint, though. Libby Crider said they are working to construct a menu that will include nods to The Hill’s Italian influences, as well as sausages and paninis. Until the kitchen build-out is complete, the Tilfords will operate a mobile taco bar at 2nd Shift.

Once doors open, the tasting room will operate Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. Here’s a sneak peek at 2nd Shift’s new home:

 

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Read more about 2nd Shift Brewing
• The Scoop: 2nd Shift to open brewery on The Hill
• Cellarman Steve Crider: Serious Beer Doesn’t Have to Be Serious
• Drink This Weekend Edition: 2nd Shift Technical Ecstasy
• Drink This Weekend Edition: 2nd Shift Brewing’s Hibiscus Wit

 

Editor’s Note: This post oringinally stated that 2nd Shift would be open on Sundays. This is anticipated for summer, but not upon opening. It has been updated to correct the error. 

-photos by Michelle Volansky

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